Luke Del Rio In, Feleipe Franks out.

Darien Harris

Coming off a huge win against, then ranked #23 Tennessee Volunteers , RS Freshman Feleipe Franks’s 63 yard game winning touchdown to star sophomore wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland had all the makings of a confidence booster. Based on Franks’s overall development as a quarterback and his progression with the inconstant play of the offense many believed that this play would push his game to the next level, and the offense would come out more creative and easy following.

Following up with that heroic finish Franks had his first road start against a 3-0 Kentucky Wildcat team and looked to continue the longest in conference streak in sec history. The gators came out lethargic on both sides of the ball. More importantly on offense which figured to have a stronger showing coming off the Tennessee win. Franks did little to nothing while running the offense, Doug Nussmeire (Qb coach and OC for Florida) has been criticized for his offensive play calling and creativity. However, dialed up easy reads and plays for the offense. He only seemed to settle with his first read instead of going through his progressions. The only play Franks seemed to notice pre snap was his Touchdown throw to Cleveland, however Cleveland was left uncovered.
During the 3rd Quarter with 5:54 remaining down 24-14 to Kentucky coach Jim McElwain decides to switch signal callers and brings in RS Junior, and last years starter prior to injury Luke Del Rio. Not a fan favorite by many in the gator nation it’s obvious coach Mac felt LDR gave his ball team the best chance to win. With that being said he did, LDR came into the game and seemed to have a better control over the offense finishing the game 9/14 74 yards 1 Td with 1 int. Even though his numbers weren’t eye popping he seemed to a have better control over the offense rather than franks, and lead a comeback victory over Kentucky to extend the streak to 31 straight.

As week 5 of this 2017 college football season approaches we’re almost at the halfway point for this Florida Gators football team. Florida still has yet to establish a true identity on offense , and we’ve yet to consistently see the explosive plays the coaching staff harped about all summer. With all that being said Florida is 2-1 and 1-0 in conference play, coach McElwain has given Luke Del Rio the nod to start against the Vanderbilt Commodores . In recent years Vandy has given Florida problems to score offensively, however with Luke Del Rio at the helm I aspect the offense to run smoothly and we should start to establish an identity. Despite coach Mac going with del rio for the time being, there’s a huge concern in gator nation on how he and OC Doug Nussmeire evaluate and coach their quarterbacks. Will Feleipe Franks ever get his job back? It’ll be interesting to watch throughout the rest of this season. However as of right now Luke Del Rio seems to be the undisputed leader of this offense.


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